MPS School Board citywide at-large candidate interviews page 5 Scientists study lake trout in deep water, Page 10
Volume 4 • Issue 2
Ballroom to belly Bay View dance at a glance
By Mary Vuk
hat was it Nietzsche said? I would believe only in a God that knows how to dance.
Walking on Water By Linda Fausel
Frozen fun at ice fishing clinic
ominika Lulewicz, 7, sat on one of the overturned white buckets atop the frozen lagoon at Humboldt Park. As her father John watched, she carefully lifted the tiny bobber attached to her ﬁshing pole up to reveal a single yellow kernel of corn dangling on the end. Without a word, Dominika dropped it back into the coﬀee can-sized hole, watching it disappear into the dark, cold water. “I’m just going to wait,” she said.
Mike Fitzgerald of Franklin (left) and Eric Ross of South Milwaukee. Fitzgerald drilled holes with his power auger for the fish clinic’s students. Ross is holding an electronic fish finder. ~photo Katherine Keller
Remember this rule of thumb: “Thick and blue, tried and true—thin and crispy, way too risky.”
Dominika and her brother Alexander, 10, were among the dozens of kids and parents who braved single digit temperatures on an icy cold Saturday morning to attend one of several free ice ﬁshing clinics oﬀered for kids 15 and younger in Milwaukee and Waukesha at six participating parks. The kids learned about the event from a ﬂyer handed out at their school, Tippecanoe Elementary. The clinics, in their sixteenth year, took place between 9am and 3pm, Feb. 3. They were sponsored by the Milwaukee County Parks, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, the Wisconsin Council of Sport Fishing Organizations, and the Waukesha County Parks. Matt Coﬀaro, regional ﬁsh biologist with WDNR, said the clinics have been very successful. They are held in both winter and spring and serve about 2,500 kids. SEE PAGE 15
MPS a public safety issue? By Laurie Szpot
he agenda for a special meeting of the city’s Public Safety Committee scheduled for Feb. 1 included an item to focus on what committee chair and District 8 Alderman Bob Donovan called a “crisis” at Milwaukee Public Schools. But the disorderly incident in the Bradley Technology and Trade School gymnasium after a Jan. 30 boys basketball game between Bay View and Bradley Tech—plus its massive police response and widespread media coverage—added urgency to the PSC discussion. It also delivered a blow to Bay View High School’s image as the school struggles with the systemic problems facing MPS. Donovan, who had already been hounding Superintendent William Andrekopoulos about MPS safety issues, invited Andrekopoulos and the entire school board to the meeting in a letter dated Jan. 16, in which he stressed that MPS
has serious problems with violence and that something needs to be done to address them. Donovan criticized that MPS and others seemed to downplay the problems. “Given the volumes of calls from citizens, police oﬃcers, and even your own teachers, I’m here to tell you a crisis does exist and most citizens already know it,” Donovan’s letter stated. At the meeting, Donovan pointed out that the police department has 16 oﬃcers who “do nothing but deal with school issues” every day, that requests “for police service from MPS exceeded the 11,000 mark” last year, and that “43 percent of police calls for service on the 8am to 4pm shift are generated by MPS.” Several aldermen, school oﬃcials, citizens, and police representatives attended the meeting. At the meeting, Andrekopoulos explained that measures had already been put in place last year
SEE PAGE 11
If you like to move your body to music, no matter what your age, Bay View boasts at least six dance hot spots, with another on the way later this year. Dance classes abound in every style: belly dancing, hip-hop, jazz, swing, ballet, tap, and ballroom (rumba, salsa, mambo, tango, cha cha, Viennese waltz, polka, and foxtrot)—take your pick. Belly Dancing Undoubtedly, the most popular dance form in Bay View’s dance studios is belly dancing, both the classical Egyptian and the modern American Tribal Style. At the Trillium Studio, 3074 S. Delaware Ave., owner/instructor Jennifer Nolan has more than 80 belly dancing students with ages ranging from 17 to 62. Belly dancing is also taught by Jada at Joyce Parker Productions, by Donna Sell at the Donna Jeanné School of Dance, and by Tina Skenadore (Middle Eastern) and Sarah Beyler (Anjum) at the Shape Up Shoppe as part of the club’s body jazz, aerobics with choreography program. Nolan has been teaching belly dancing for ﬁve years. “I’ve always been really interested in dance, and when I saw a belly dance performance, I just thought the women looked so happy. It was such a joyful dance that I wanted to learn,” Nolan said. She formed the Trillium Tribal Bellydance troupe in 2006 and also took a lease on her
INSIDE Pg 2 Troop Surge in Iraq? Pg 3 Bob Reitman Pg 3 National Popular Election Pg 3 Protecting Midwest Airlines Pg 4 LGBT CD Planned Pg 4 Movie Studio in St. Francis Pg 5 Q&A for Citywide Candidates Pg 6 Bay View Business Assn. Pg 8 High School History Pg 9 A Conservation Ethic: Seafood Pg 10 Exploring the Mid-lake Reef Pg 12 Anti-smoking Proposal Opinion Pg 12 KRM Commuter Rail Pg 14 Atmospheric Wall at St. Ann
Three young students dance under the guidance of Donna Sell of Donna Jeanné School of Dance at Tippecanoe Presbyterian Church. ~photo Brandon Lorenz
current space and opened the studio. She teaches belly dancing on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Saturdays. A beginning belly dance student at Joyce Parker Productions, Linda Klemp, said after her ﬁrst class, “It was fun. I can’t wait to come back.”
Jada, belly dancing instructor at Joyce Parker Productions, has been dancing for 30 years and has had bilateral knee replacement. “You don’t have to be young,” she said. “Belly dancing is a gentler exercise.” Added Annie McGahee, a classmate of Linda’s, “I felt so comfortable. I feel conﬁdent I can actually do it.” Jada, belly dancing instructor at Joyce Parker Productions, 2685 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., has been dancing for 30 years and has had bilateral knee replacement. “You don’t have to be young,” she said. “Belly dancing is a gentler exercise.” Dave Lachance, a Gulf War veteran, agreed. He said that before he began belly dancing he had constant back pain. He said SEE PAGE 7 Bay View Compass PO Box 100 Milwaukee WI 53201-0100
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Do you support President Bush’s troop surge tactic to reestablish stability in Iraq? Interviews & Photos by Jason Haas
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What a diﬀerence a month makes. It was 50 degrees the day I wrote “Ahoy!” for the January issue. A month ago some of us on the Compass editorial committee worried that we would not be able to include an ice ﬁshing article in one of the winter-month issues, a subject that we thought is emblematic of winter by the bay. But today it is delightfully chilly—18 degrees. The recent cold temperatures created ice on the lagoon in Humboldt Park and the breakwater has begun to freeze on Lake Michigan. That frozen lagoon enabled Linda Fausel to visit the ﬁshing clinic held there earlier this month. Her story is on page 1. Casey Twanow completes her two-part series about lake trout in our “H20” column. Look for it and the ﬁne photographs that illustrate it on page 10. Because this issue of the Compass is fairly ﬁshy, it seemed logical to launch our new column, “A Conservation Ethic,” by providing readers with information about ways to select seafood that is safe and and sustainable. You’ll ﬁnd the chart and column on page 9. Though not strictly conservation, there is a grassroots groundswell here in Bay View to “restore the Castle on the Hill to its former glory days.” That is how Sonia Simko, president of the Bay View High School Alumni Association, described the work she and others are engaged in on behalf of their beloved alma mater. So it was a blow to them, and doubtless to others, that there was more negative news about BVHS students because of the fracas at Bradley Tech. Laurie Szpot, who grew up in Bay View and is a BVHS alum, took on this story, on page 1, her ﬁrst assignment for us. While there are unquestionably challenges at BVHS and in general at MPS, a lot of locals intend to educate the public about the virtues of our local high school. They appeal to the community—to you—to get involved. You’ll ﬁnd contact information
for BVHS Alumni Association in Bay View Organizations column on page 3. The MPS school board primary election is nigh, next Tuesday, on Feb. 20. Last month we featured the District 8 candidates. This month we feature interviews with the candidates who are running for the at-large position on the MPS board on page 5. Bay View Neighborhood Association sponsored a forum with these candidates Feb. 6 at Bay View Methodist Church. We congratulate BVNA for presenting the forum and laud those who attended. There is one more story in this issue that is education-related, now that I think about it. That’s Mary Vuk’s story, on page 1, about the six dance studios in Bay View. From urban to tap to belly to ballet to ballroom, Milwaukee residents will ﬁnd classes in these dance forms—and more—right here in Bay View. The newest studio is going to occupy the space on Delaware and Russell avenues that was formerly The Cutting Table. Before closing I direct you to our guest editorials on page 3. A few weeks ago, on Wisconsin Public Radio, I heard Representative Terese Berceau talking about a national movement to reform the Electoral College, which I thought was not a perfect solution, but interesting. We invited her to write a guest editorial to tell readers about it. You will ﬁnd it, along with an editorial from County Supervisor Lee Holloway, who writes about a way to protect Midwest Airlines. The primary is next week, Feb. 20. It’s an important election. We, Milwaukee’s residents, determine MPS leadership. Take time to make a trip to your polling station to vote in the primary, and then for the general election in April. See you next month, Katherine Keller Publisher & Editor
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Just Like A Column By Bob Reitman
n the last column I asked you to send me your Top 10 list of your favorite CDs/albums. There was a good response and I’d like to share some of them with you. So here we go...two lists of your Top 10 albums.
Top 10 albums of Bianca Diaz, Milwaukee 1. From The Choir Girl Hotel .........Tori Amos 2. Want One & Want Two ..Rufus Wainwright 3. Misunderstood ........................Nina Simone 4. Birth of the Cool ....................... Miles Davis 5. Boys For Pele ...............................Tori Amos 6. To The Teeth ..........................Ani DiFranco 7. Geronimo ........................Shannon McNally 8. Fox Confessor Brings The Flood ..Neko Case 9. For Lovers, Dreamers & Me ...... Alice Smith 10. Magic of Christmas ..................Natalie Cole
Top 10 albums of George Rau, Milwaukee 1. Bringing It All Back Home ......... Bob Dylan 2. Astral Weeks ...........................Van Morrison 3. Revolver .....................................The Beatles 4. Quicksilver Messenger Service ..Quicksilver Messenger Service 5. Save As Milk.................... Captain Beefheart 6. Beggars Banquet ............. The Rolling Stones 7. Blind Faith .................................Blind Faith 8. A Salty Dog ........................... Procol Harum 9. Sailor .........................The Steve Miller Band 10. Volunteers .......................Jeﬀerson Airplane
Toward a national popular election
A plan to protect Midwest Airlines
I am a state legislator and I have a little secret to confess. You see, I have never voted for president of the United States. That may shock you—but it shouldn’t, because, truth be told, neither have you. We don’t vote for president in America, we vote for electors who usually (but not always) vote for our presidential choice when they gather 41 days after the November election. That’s the Electoral College. The Electoral College has never really sat well with the voting public. Periodically from 1944 onward, national polls have shown that between 65 and 81 percent of the public supports eliminating the Electoral College. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that nearly 10 percent of presidents of the United States were not elected by a majority or plurality of voters. Four of our 43 presidents—John Q. Adams, Rutherford B. Hayes, Benjamin Harrison, and George W. Bush— never achieved even a plurality of the national popular vote. That fact may unsettle you as it did me. In fact, it stirred me into doing something about it. I have joined 174 legislators from 45 states in introducing the National Popular Vote bill to guarantee the election of the presidential candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Under this bill (actually an interstate compact) Wisconsin’s 10 electoral votes would be allotted to the presidential candidate who received the most popular votes among all 50 states and the District of Columbia, not just in Wisconsin. The bill would only take effect if it were passed in identical form by enough states to create a majority of the electoral votes—that is, 270 of 538. Otherwise it would remain dormant. The legislation doesn’t do away with the Electoral College. But, it does take advantage of the freedom granted under the U.S. Constitution to states that allows them to decide the manner in which their electoral votes are assigned to presidential candidates. Up till now, with the notable exceptions of Nebraska and Maine, each state had decided to allot the entirety of electoral votes to the candidate who got the most votes in that state alone—it’s winner-take-all. But, such a mechanism also birthed the Gore/ Bush debacle of 2000. Motivated less by wisdom and more by fear, our founding fathers created the Electoral College as a buffer to protect us from what they saw as a dangerous aspect of too much democracy—the possibility that an uneducated, rural public could be emotionally duped by a charismatic tyrant pandering to a speciﬁc region or constituency of the country. They felt that an electoral college would provide the “cool heads” necessary to overturn a particularly poor choice by the people, should such a national emergency arise. However, in over 200 years, no such scenario has ever arisen. Rather, if the public ever did elect a presidential tyrant or dictator (hold your jokes, please), there is not the slightest reason to believe that the Electoral College would do anything other than conﬁrm the choice, particularly since electors are today handpicked from each party’s most diehard zealots. In short, the Electoral College has outlived the reason for its creation. It has become the appendix on the American body politic. It’s innocuous most of the time, but occasionally it ﬂares up to deny us our popular choice and diminish our democracy. Because of federal inaction on the elimination the Electoral College, it’s now up to state legislatures to do what they can. And so we are. Please join me in supporting a true national popular vote. Visit nationalpopularvote.com to learn more. Terese Berceau State Representative, 76th Assembly District
We’ve heard a lot of talk about the importance of keeping Midwest Airlines here in Milwaukee County. In light of the ongoing attempt from AirTran Airways to acquire this locallybased airline, I would like to share with you an option that could have a direct impact on keeping the airline here. The process begins with leveraging pension fund investments at the state, county, and city levels. These pension boards could buy enough outstanding stock to inﬂuence, and possibly block, a hostile takeover attempt. Currently, there are approximately 20 million outstanding shares of Midwest Airlines stock. At current stock prices, approximately $50 million would be needed to purchase four million shares of stock. County, state, and city pension funds could share in this cost. For instance, Milwaukee County’s Pension Board could purchase one million shares, the city of Milwaukee’s Annuity and Pension Board could purchase one million shares, and the state’s Employee Trust Funds Board could purchase two million shares. A total purchase of four to ﬁve million shares of Midwest stock would give these pension boards a considerable interest in Midwest. These boards have a vested interest to keep Midwest independent and based in Milwaukee County, and would vote in the best interests of the public, while retaining a reasonable rate of return for the pension funds, based on Midwest’s growth plan. When you factor in other Midwest shareholders who are opposed to a merger, we might have enough support to block any hostile takeover attempt. Furthermore, we could call on the business community to follow suit. Large employers in southeastern Wisconsin might also see value in this approach, and could be convinced to buy additional shares of Midwest stock. After all, Midwest’s business model caters to the business traveler. Perhaps the MMAC could also be an ally in this approach. Midwest Airlines provides its customers with more than just travel. Midwest provides an experience. I want to make sure that we, as leaders in this community, are doing everything we possibly can to prevent a takeover. Part of Milwaukee’s image would certainly be lost if AirTran is successful in its efforts. Even more importantly, we need to preserve the jobs Midwest provides and the economic impact of having the airline’s headquarters located in Milwaukee County. Senator Herb Kohl recently wrote in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, “It is in the interest of Wisconsin consumers, as well as the greater Milwaukee economy, for Midwest Airlines to operate as a locally based, independent airline. Those of us who call Milwaukee home feel a deep sense of loyalty to Midwest Airlines. We don’t want its incomparable reputation to suffer if it is acquired by a discount airline that would radically alter Midwest’s high-operating standards.” With the exception of Senator Kohl, most other local leaders have only offered “talk.” We can take action with a plan that could make a considerable difference in keeping Midwest Airlines an independent entity based in Milwaukee County. Of course, we would need a legal review before moving forward, to ensure any transaction is in compliance with state statues. But, I feel it’s in our best interest to consider my idea. I look forward to getting your thoughts on this concept. Sincerely, Lee Holloway Chairman, Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors This guest editorial was originally sent Jan. 29 as a letter to Governor Doyle, Mayor Barrett, and County Executive Walker, among other parties.
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BAY VIEW ORGANIZATIONS Bay View American Legion Post 180 2860 S. Kinnickinnic Ave. (414) 483-0677 Bay View Area Redcats Ron Bird/Jerry Fritsch, (414) 482-7264 Bay View Arts Guild Linda Beckstrom, (414) 482-1543 bayviewarts.org firstname.lastname@example.org Bay View Bicycle Club Dan Krall, (414) 321-5212, (414) 299-0317 bayviewbikeclub.org email@example.com Bay View Business Association bayviewbusiness.com Bay View Community Center 1320 E. Oklahoma Ave. Linda Nieft, (414) 482-1000 bayviewcenter.org Bay View Garden and Yard Society Lorraine Heins, (414) 482-3796 bvgays.com firstname.lastname@example.org Bay View High School Alumni Association Sonia Simko, (414) 379-3541 email@example.com Bay View Historical Society Mark Nitka, (414) 483-8881 bayviewhistoricalsociety.org Bay View Lions Club Joe Klinkiewicz, (414) 282-1980 Bay View Matters groups.yahoo.com/group/bay_view_matters Bay View Neighborhood Assn. (BVNA) Stephanie Harling (414) 744-5343 firstname.lastname@example.org gobayview.org For Bay View Bash Info, see bayviewbash.org Beulah Brinton Community Center 2555 S. Bay St. Bob Gavronski, (414) 481-2494 milwaukeerecreation.net/beulah-brinton Forward Bay View forwardbayview.org PO Box 70027 Milwaukee, WI 53207-0027 Humboldt Park — Bay View Ice Skaters Greg Stilin, (414) 483-2493 Humboldt Park Fourth of July Association Carolyn Selimi, (414) 744-7095 Humboldt Park Watch Ruth Simos, (414) 483-9330 Interorganizational Council of Bay View Lee Morbeck, (414) 282-7735 Marian Center for Nonprofits 3195 South Superior St. (414) 483-2430, mariancenter.net South Community Organization Terri Toporsch, (414) 643-7913 South Shore Farmers Market Kathy Mulvey, (414) 744-0408 South Shore Garden Club Sharon Napierala (414) 769-6418 or smnsn@msn. com; Paula Grosenick, (414) 482-1256. South Shore Park Watch Kathy Mulvey, (414) 744-0408 email@example.com South Shore Yacht Club James Hutchinson, (414) 481-2331 ssyc.org St. Ann Center for Intergenerational Care Sr. Edna, (414) 977-5000 stanncenter.org
How’s my driving?
If you observe the erratic or dangerous driving of a yellow school bus, note the bus company name and bus number and or license plate and you can report it to the Milwaukee Public Schools oﬃce of pupil transportation at (414) 475-8058. The bus number and company, plus the incident location and time of day, are most important. Not all yellow buses are contracted by MPS and not all those contracted by MPS are solely running MPS routes. Bus companies currently contracted by MPS are Alliance, Atlas, Bee Bus, Dairyland Bus Co., Johnson School Bus, Joy Farm, Laidlaw, Lamers, Riteway, and Specialized Care Transport.
Complaints are forwarded to MPS Director of Business Services Michael Turza, who investigates to see if the bus in question is contracted by MPS and then decides how to proceed. He may call the contracted company to investigate and, if necessary, encourage them to counsel the driver in question. While complaints depend on the time of year, there is roughly one complaint reported every week, Turza said. To contact a bus company directly, ﬁnd their phone numbers at http://www2.milwaukee.k12.wi.us/supt/Bussing_FAQs.html.
Wet as Drowned Rats
The Bay View Historical Society presents “Wet as Drowned Rats,” a presentation about glassworkers and their community in Milwaukee’s Bay View neighborhood at the turn of the century, Feb. 22 at 7pm in the Beulah Brinton House, 2590 S. Superior St. UW-Milwaukee graduate student Nicholas Hoﬀman will present his research on one of Bay View’s historic industries, the Chase Valley Glassworks. Although the factory was demolished years ago, Hoﬀman has reconstructed its history through analyses of newspaper articles, the manuscript census, insurance maps, artifacts, and government documents. In addition to the factory’s production of glass containers, this presentation includes a history of its employees. These men, women, and children were East Coast migrants and European immigrants. Admission is $5 but space is limited; please call BVHS President Mark Nitka to reserve a seat: (414) 483-8881.
Upcoming plays at Boulevard, Oﬀ the Wall
Almost, Maine, John Cariani’s charming romantic comedy about a Maine town named “Almost,” runs from Feb. 14 through Feb. 25 at the Boulevard Ensemble Studio Theatre, 2252 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.
Boulevard’s Artistic Director Mark Bucher and Assistant Director Al Dobyns direct the script’s eight romantic “playlets” painting a portrait of the aﬀairs of the heart (and the often not-so-hearty) in the blustery hamlet. Almost, Maine’s simple yet emotionally elegant townsfolk are vividly portrayed by some of Milwaukee’s most talented non-Equity actors, according to Bucher. Consult boulevardtheatre.com for a complete listing of show times and ticket information or call (414) 744-5757. When the Curtain Falls, Gail Valenti’s true account of an emotionally charged riches-to-rags-to-riches love story, runs March 2 through March 11 at the Oﬀ Broadway Theatre, 342 N. Water St. The playwright opens with a humorous rendition of her days as Miss South Shore Water Frolics in 1972, introducing her overbearing but loving stage mother (Marilyn White as Anna Valenti), and the Broadway producer (Dale Gutzman as Robert Simpson) who transforms this young, raw talent into his protégé often against her will. Gail Valenti plays herself in this three cast ensemble. Go to nextact.org for more ticket and show information or call (414) 278-0765.
Warnimont Avenue relief sewer
The Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District is implementing an $11 million project to add between one and 1.1 miles of added relief sewer capacity in the vicinity of Warnimont and Clement avenues. “It’s a multimillion dollar job correcting a known bottleneck in that area. This will help us reduce the risk of overﬂows at Bay View Park,” said Bill Graﬃn, MMSD public information manager. He said there was one overﬂow at Bay View Park last year.
Join others concerned about the future of the Great Lakes, Monday, Feb. 19 at 7pm at Mayfair Mall, 2500 N. Mayfair Rd., as Melissa Malott of Clean Wisconsin talks about Great Lakes restoration and the Great Lakes Compact being debated by the state Legislature. The compact would have repercussions for municipalities outside of the Great Lakes drainage basin that request water from within the Great Lakes basin. New Berlin, which straddles the basin divide, is one such community requesting Great Lakes water. The Great Lakes Compact is designed to provide uniform guidelines for Great Lakes states and Canadian provinces in order to prevent policy precedents that could prove detrimental to the Great Lakes basin. Malott is an attorney and the water program director of Clean Wisconsin, an environmental advocacy organization.
The talk is part of the meeting of the Great Waters Group of Wisconsin’s John Muir chapter of the Sierra Club. The event is in the Mayfair Mall Community Room, located on the basement level of the mall in the Garden Suites East area, near Quality Candy. Enter by the doors under theater and go down the stairs to the right. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call (414) 453-3127.
Local LGBT CD to be compiled The deadline is March 1 to submit original, copyrighted songs to a music compilation CD intended as a fundraiser to beneﬁt the two-year-old Milwaukee Gay Arts Center in Walker’s Point. Professional or amateur LGBT musicians are currently sought. On behalf of the Milwaukee Gay Center, Shelly Herrmann and Yolanda Roth, the center’s marketing coordinator and also lead singer of Rhythm & Torch, are producing an album featuring local and national artists, including both bands and soloists. The CD will include up to 20 songs and release is planned in time for PrideFest, June 2007. Proceeds of sales will beneﬁt the Milwaukee Gay Arts Center, 703 S. Second St.
Work began in late fall 2006 and completion is anticipated in fall 2008.
“The need for donations is great because we’re in fear of having to close our doors—that’s not something we want to do,” Herrmann said.
KK River Trail info online
As of late January, Herrmann said there have been ﬁve to seven interested artists but no conﬁrmed artists. Susan Warren and Leah Jeahie were among those solicited for content.
Scanned images from the Kinnickinnic River Trail brainstorming and planning process are now available at the Groundwork Milwaukee website, groundworkmke.org. Click the projects tab and select Kinnickinnic River restoration.
Numerous PDFs, including a projected trail map and a PowerPoint document, showcase what concepts diﬀerent stakeholders developed in October and November 2006. The KK River Trail is a proposed 2 1/4-mile bike trail following the Kinnickinnic River and intended to connect Walker’s Point, Lincoln Village, Bay View, and points beyond. Project stakeholders include Groundwork Milwaukee, the Sixteenth Street Community Health Center, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, the city of Milwaukee, National Parks Service, and UWM’s School of Architecture & Urban Planning Community Design Solutions.
Great Lakes restoration
Producers Herrmann and Roth have also solicited their favorite LGBT singers, songwriters, and musicians including Tori Fixx, Ronnie Niles, Corky Morgan, and Bay View resident Scott Malcom to compose, write, and record the CD’s theme song. Herrmann said she wanted to bring her friends together on the volunteer-only project in part “because, in the gay community, the males are segregated from the females, among other things, and I just wanted to bring them together.” Music submissions for consideration may be of any genre—R&B, acoustic, alternative, Ska, up-beat, or contemplative—but must be original copyrighted material in CD format with lyric sheets. To submit your music for possible inclusion on the CD or for further information email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (414) 418-6831.
Movie studio planned for St. Francis By Michael Timm Lightning Rod Studios is planning a move into St. Francis this year, Dan Kattman, co-founder of the Milwaukee feature ﬁlm production company, conﬁrmed Feb. 7 at a meeting of the Media Communications Association International (MCAI)-Milwaukee chapter. Kattman said the new location will be much more than just studio space for his company and that more details should be announced in early March. “In 2007, Lighting Rod will announce the formation of a 40,000 sq. ft. motion picture studio in St. Francis, WI, that will compete head-to-head with studios throughout the world and attract productions normally produced in Canada or other states,” according to Kattman’s online proﬁle at the Tribe Hollywood networking website. Kattman, who is also an entertainment and advertising law attorney with Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren S.C., declined an interview with the Compass in February and did not clarify the location of the studio, but said more details will be revealed in March. The MCAI meeting focused on discussion of state tax incentives intended to attract, retain, and grow the ﬁlm industry in Wisconsin. Senate Bill 563, which provides tax incentives for ﬁlmmakers, was passed by the state Legislature and signed by the governor in the last legislative session. Its incentives are set to take eﬀect in 2008. However, ﬁlm advocates are lobbying for a new bill introduced this session, SB 24, that would push up the start date of the tax incentives to mid-2007. Kattman sits on the rules committee for the ﬁlm incentive bill package. Where is it? City of St. Francis Building Inspector Craig Vretenar had not heard of Lightning Rod Studios, but suggested contacting Derrick Dysland. “He is a property owner in St. Francis that has indicated he would be renting to a company associated with the movie industry,” Vretenar wrote in response to a Compass email. Dysland’s Certiﬁed Environmental Services, Inc., 3770 S. Pennsylvania Ave., is tucked away between the railroad and the Lake Parkway just north of E. Crawford Avenue. RD Image is headquartered just down the block at 2525 E. Crawford Ave. Dysland could not be reached by press time. “Lightning Rod Studios, RD Image and CES, Inc. will announce Wisconsin’s ﬁrst major motion picture and television production studio complex in Milwaukee, WI. Oﬃcial information will be posted to this site in mid February,” according to a February version of the Lightning Rod website. A January entry at the International Movie Database for Carnivorous, Lightning Rod’s 2007 ﬁlm, indicated the ﬁlm was shot, “Almost entirely in front of a 400 square foot green screen set in St. Francis, Wisconsin.” Lightning Rod Studios has specialized in making proﬁtable “creature feature” ﬂicks. It has also produced Reeseville and Side Eﬀects, starring Katherine Heigl of Grey’s Anatomy. lightningrodstudios.com
New digital archive for historical society
A digital archive for the Bay View Historical Society went live Jan. 22 at the group’s website, oﬀering digital access to 108 images and a virtual tour of the historic Beulah Brinton home. To view the online archive, go to bayviewhistoricalsociety.org and click on Digital Library. See expanded coverage in next month’s issue.
Q&A for citywide candidates for school board
In our January issue, we invited responses from the three District 8 candidates for school board prior to the upcoming primary election Tuesday, Feb. 20, where incumbent Joe Dannecker faces challengers Terry Falk and Tricia Young. On the Feb. 20 ballot will also be ﬁve candidates for the citywide school board position, vacated in 2006 by Tom Balistreri. We asked these candidates—Bama Brown-Grice, Gloria Gaston, Jim Koneazny, Pamela Penn, and Bruce Thompson—to respond in 100 words or less to each of our questions. We invited Gaston to respond but she did not respond by our deadline. 1. Describe your position on the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program (MPCP). Would you support further expanding the cap on vouchers? What, if anything, should be done to make MPS schools more attractive than choice schools? Brown-Grice: I have no position on the MPCP; I am for making the MPS the best they can be for all students to attend. Regarding expanding the cap on vouchers: No. The voucher cap has been significantly lifted already, and I do not support any further public funds going to voucher schools with no accountability. Regarding making MPS schools attractive, we should provide an environment that lets students know that they do matter and that we feel they too can achieve. We need to stop cutting the programs that provide life experiences and changing just for the sake of changes. Koneazny: I do believe in choice within MPS because it works whether it be as a regular school such as Sign Language School or a specialty such as the art, language immersion, or Montessori. I would not support lifting the cap, certainly not until there are some equal playing grounds. All schools that accept state funding must be open to all children and must be accountable. Public schools are attractive now if there is a safe learning environment provided by active, engaged principals and teachers. My own grandchildren are in MPS and three of my children are MPS teachers. Penn: The Milwaukee Parental Choice Program is one of the array of educational options our city offers. Currently, personal satisfaction is the only accountability measure applied to many of these schools. I would not support expanding the cap until accountability measures are determined and applied so taxpayers know money is being spent wisely and those making educational choices for children have a meaningful yardstick by which to measure. MPS must increase its ability to successfully educate all students they serve by offering a standard of educational quality that reflects the high caliber of professional training and grant support the district receives. Thompson: MPS schools need to do a better job of marketing themselves. 1.) First on substance: student achievement and safety, and making sure financial decisions are based on student outcomes.
Thompson: I have urged Governor Doyle to include legislation to correct the MPCP funding flaw in his budget. Since the major source of MPS’s continuing budget squeeze is rapidly escalating health and other benefit costs, MPS should become a much more active player in efforts to find solutions to our state and nation’s health care crisis. MPS should also be an active player in developing alternatives to the present funding formula, particularly in working to assure that special education is fully funded. In the meantime, we should oppose the recurring efforts to lower the state’s two-thirds funding commitment. 3. What specifically will you do to increase parent involvement and communication between schools and parents? What are your thoughts on the current evaluation tools for school principals? Brown-Grice: For every hour of professional development training that is given to a teacher, administrator, or a newly created team, a parent should be included. The evaluation should have more evaluation tools that relate to student outcome along with parents’ satisfaction of their child’s improvement. Koneazny: Parent involvement has to be developed differently at each school and community. It is a two way street. There must be an open atmosphere at the school and an openness in the parents in order for real communication. PTAs are a must so that there is a vehicle in which parent leadership can develop. Parent involvement could be part of the evaluation of each school community. Penn: Over the years I have been involved in MPS, much work has been done to create an effective vehicle for parents to be involved in their child’s formal education. Many good steps that took lots of work to accomplish were not implemented or monitored as intended. That must change because we know strong and effective schools have high levels of parent involvement. A possible starting point could lie in the area of communication. All evaluation tools need to reflect the core ethics of the organization which should include honesty, respect, forthrightness, and diligent efforts to accomplish the organization’s primary mission.
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2.) Then on perceptions: Do prospective parents feel welcome when they visit a school? Do the schools talk mostly about their problems, rather than reasons to choose that school? I believe the school board should aim at making MPS schools so attractive that the current voucher cap will never be reached. In addition, the board should work to fix the MPCP funding flaw that hurts Milwaukee taxpayers. 2. Explain your perspective on the funding formula that directs state tax dollars to Wisconsin’s public schools, especially as relates to Milwaukee. Should the funding formula change? Brown-Grice: A new funding formula is a must, because the current formula is unfair to a “property poor” district like MPS. Any new formula should address the funding flaw caused by the school voucher program. The current formula does not take in account the choice students. Koneazny: I believe that the formula should be changed. There should be a return to two-thirds funding as well as full funding of all mandates such as bilingual ed, funding for special needs, and No Child Left Behind at the federal level. Penn: The funding formula needs to change and must to ensure that Wisconsin does not fall behind in its efforts to provide quality K-12 education to its children. The current formula based on number of pupils and property values does not lead to “an equal opportunity for a sound basic education” today. State and federal mandates and a variety of district differences impact the cost of education. Further, simply counting does not accurately reflect the diverse student needs that drive education costs up, such as poverty and non-English language background. These elements are not accounted for in the present formula.
Trade Winds B U S I N E S S
Business Association seeks consumers, safety D
istrict 14 Alderman Tony Zielinski, responding to requests by several Bay View businesses to form a merchant-only organization, has facilitated the revival of the defunct Bay View Business Association. Based on the initial invitation-only meeting, Zielinski said, the business association has thus far identiﬁed two priorities: increasing the consumer base for Bay View businesses and increasing public safety. About 60 people came to the ﬁrst meeting, he said. This would likely include ﬁnding ways to increase foot traﬃc in the Kinnickinnic Avenue area, but Zielinski said the BVBA would include businesses from all over Bay
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View and not just those on KK. He said some members are businesses from Chase and Howell avenues. Six currently sit on the planning committee, Zielinski said, including business reps from Schwartz Books, Sven’s Café, Outpost Natural Foods, and Paper Boat Boutique. The next meeting of the Bay View Business Association is March 12 at 6:30pm in the Bay View Post, 2860 S. Kinnickinnic Ave. Zielinski said any business representatives are welcome to come and participate. The future organizational structure of the group will be discussed. The business association is distinct from Forward Bay View, begun in 2005 in the BVBA vacuum as a business-oriented organization with an open membership whose mission is to unite businesses, organizations, and residents to promote Bay View as an urban neighborhood. On Mod Lofts & Business While discussing the economic impact of the ﬁve-story, 53-unit modular apartment building known as Mod Lofts, recently approved to be erected on the city-owned parking lot at 2254 S. Allis St., Zielinski pleaded for people to shop and spend at local businesses like Schwartz. “We have to work with them to help them be successful here,” said Zielinski. “Please buy books at Schwartz Bookstore. If we want these high quality businesses that enhance quality of life, we need to support those businesses.” Zielinski said Vetter-Denk’s Mod Lofts proposal is necessary to “keep the momentum going” in Bay View. “We can’t just sit back on our laurels,” he said. “This is the type of stuﬀ that developers want to see, that keeps that momentum going.”
The Zoning, Neighborhoods, and Development Committee and the Common Council both approved the zoning variance and the overall proposal in January. The city will net $150,000 from the sale of the municipal parking lot to Vetter-Denk, which will be put into a Department of Public Works parking fund enterprise account. Groundbreaking for Mod Lofts could begin as soon as April, Zielinski said, based on feedback he’s received from city oﬃcials. ~Michael Timm
Interest expressed in Cousins Center J
ames Barry III of Colliers Barry and Bob Flood of RFP Commercial have been retained by the Archdiocese of Milwaukee to market the 44-acre Cousins Center site for sale.
“We are talking to potential buyers. We’ve had some action on the property that’s encouraging,” said Barry in late January. He identiﬁed “fairly sophisticated developers and investors” who have expressed interest in the site, both from within and outside the state, but did not disclose their identities. Barry also conﬁrmed that the current intention is to sell property as a whole. “It’s a very unique site, a huge amount of acreage and building right along Lake Michigan,” he said, and hard to compare to other sites he’s worked on, mainly because of the proximity to the lake. “We don’t have an asking price,” Barry said. The marketers are determining the site’s value based on competitive bids on the property, he said. “There has been a bid on the property,” he said.
When he talks with potential developers about Bay View, Zielinski said he pitches businesses like Schwartz, Outpost, Groppi’s, those who have invested in Bay View—and many of which are now arguably circling the wagons in the BVBA to rally consumer numbers.
Barry said the city is interested in seeing some sort of mixed-use development at the site. The property’s zoning may be altered, he said, but said he could not discuss if there had been any discussions with the city about that at this time.
“All the businesses and business owners in the immediate area like what’s going on [with Mod Lofts],” Zielinski added, which is perceived to bring young urbanites and their disposable income into Bay View.
The property is currently zoned R3 by the city of St. Francis, which permits singleand two-family dwellings, small or medium community living arrangements, family day cares, or foster homes. But developers can apply for a special use permit to develop multi-family condominiums, rental apartments, schools, religious assemblies, oﬃces,
It emerged in late 2006 that Mod Lofts, on the site of a historic burial ground, also required a zoning variance to build more than 40 units, a point not discussed at the public meeting on the proposal Sept. 18, 2006. Zielinski said the developer didn’t know it needed this variance at that meeting but that it didn’t change his or many people’s support for moving the hopefully catalytic project forward.
or retail establishments up to 20,000 square feet, among other uses. There is currently a 150-foot height restriction. Barry said there may be more updates by early March.
Fitness center still on at Urban View B
uild-out for the new Bay View location of Wisconsin Health and Fitness is anticipated to begin by late February, according to Randy Scoville of Big Bend Development LLC, which owns Urban View Condos at 2121 S. Kinnickinnic Ave. Scoville said the club’s lease is ﬁnalized and that he met with owner, Jeﬀ Littman, and the project’s architect Jan. 25. A sales and marketing oﬃce for the health club is also planned to be on-site, Scoville said. Last fall, Scoville and Littman told the Compass that the club will occupy roughly 10,000 square feet of ﬁrst ﬂoor space adjacent to Becher Street. No grand opening date has been set. Littman did not return calls for comment. For more on the club, call (414) 762-7772.
New ownership for Puddlers Hall M
ark Brosseau, general manager of Puddlers Hall since it opened three years ago, went to the bank the week of Feb. 12 to arrange ﬁnancing to purchase the business from current owner Tim Capper. Brosseau declined to say how much he will purchase Puddlers for, but anticipates the change of ownership should occur in late March or early April. At present he is planning to purchase the business and not the property. Patrons shouldn’t notice too many changes at ﬁrst, Brosseau said, but he does plan to remodel the bathrooms immediately and he has plans for the back room. “I do want to make the back bar functional. That’s a big goal,” he said. Before Puddlers Hall, Marty’s Party was the establishment at 2461 S. St. Clair St. “We [Brosseau and Capper] came in and cleaned up after the party,” Brosseau joked.
Ballroom to belly Bay View dance at a glance
FROM PAGE 1 belly dancing has given his body ﬂexibility and has helped ease the pain. Plus he likes dancing with his wife, Lucille Tamm. “What’s not to like?” he said. “You get to dance with pretty girls.” Nolan said that a beginner can enter a Trillium class at any time and advanced students may come back to take the beginning classes if they wish. Students can buy a series of classes for a discount, or purchase individual classes. At Trillium, the belly dancing classes are for women only.
Nolan has put a great deal of eﬀort into decorating the Trillium Studio, which is adorned with ﬂowers, appliquéd hangings, Indian prints, handmade shawls embellished with fringe and coins, and pantaloons with bushy tassels. Much of what she displays on her walls and shelves is made by Craftwise creations, a cottage industry that grew out of belly dancing and the need for exotic costumes.
Church, 125 W. Saveland Ave., from a studio on 27th Street and Lincoln Avenue. Sell also teaches at the Elm Grove Recreation Center and the New Berlin Recreation Center, and in Sussex. She teaches preschoolers, grade schoolers, teens, and adults. An experienced dancer and teacher of everything from ballet and tap to hip-hop to belly dancing to ballroom (and choreography for wedding couples), she is a Master Graduate of the Chicago National Association of Dance Masters and will be honored by the organization this summer for 50 years of membership.
Other Bay View dance entrepreneurs are at the beginning of their business journeys. Last fall, hyPErformance Urban Dance Center opened at 2681 S. Kinnickinnic Ave. Marquette grad John Cunningham and executive director Katherine Giarratano founded and direct the center, which is also home to hyPErformance Dance Company.
In addition to belly dance, Shape Up Shoppe, 2697 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., also teaches Irish dancing for children.
The company has 43 dancers and 30 to 40 students ranging in age from toddler to adult who attend the school. Basic dance and movement courses are oﬀered, as well as salsa and hip-hop.
Betty Busateri, who owns and operates Music Music Music at 2658 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., also uses her accompanying studio space at 2654 S. Kinnickinnic Ave. to teach private or group tap, jazz, ballet, and exercise dance lessons.
“A well-rounded school is a good thing,” said Cunningham. “We specialize in urban dance, video choreography, break dance, and salsa.” Cunningham also emphasizes dance education for children.
And Donna Sell, who has taught dance for 50 years, recently moved Donna Jeanné School of Dance to Tippecanoe Presbyterian
Bodies in Motion And now a new ballroom dance venue is on the horizon.
Take Your Pick of Dance Forms
Above: Elizabeth Burnham, Sarah Beyler, Tina Skenadore, Lynn Szopinski, and Rosa Zukowski belly-dance at the Shape Up Shoppe. Left: HyPEerformance Dance’s Robert “RP” Pickens Jr., artistic director; John “JC” Cunningham, founder and owner; and Brian “BD” DeGuzman, chapter director of Monkey Wrench professional ensemble, shown practicing for Valentine’s Day far left. Below left, Trillium’s Jennifer Nolan leads a beginners belly dance class in the mirror. Middle: Lucille Tamm demonstrates how to use the zills, or finger cymbals, at Joyce Parker Productions. Below: Instructor Jada has been belly dancing for 30 years. ~photos Michael Timm
Kathy Howell is a professional physical therapist who lives in Bay View. She is a ballroom enthusiast who competes nationally in a classiﬁcation she said is known as “professional amateur.” She recently purchased the old Cutting Table, 2499 S. Delaware Ave.
oﬀered on Monday nights, and West Coast swing will be taught on Sunday nights.
She plans to remodel the building and open Bodies in Motion, where she will eventually move her physical therapy studio and also offer ballroom dance, swing, and other classes related to fun and movement.
Like Nolan, Howell will emphasize the beauty of her physical surroundings in the renovation.
In addition, there will also be personal training, massage therapy, and esthetician services available. Renovations on the 7,000-square foot building will begin in March and will take several months to complete, Howell said. Ballroom classes could begin in early April, taught by Neil Hollingworth and Jacqui LeFebvre, both British natives. Ballroom dance will be
Howell said that group classes in ballroom are a “nice way for people to get involved. They don’t have to have a partner. There are no contracts.”
“I want to make the space a very beautiful space for everyone who enters it. It takes planning. It’s not just a matter of building some walls. I want to keep the nice feel the building has,” she said. Her two passions are physical therapy and ballroom dancing. “Lucky for me. I found a way to bring them together,” Howell said. “It will be good for the community too.”
Bodies in Motion 2499 S. Delaware Ave. (414) 482-2469 Donna Jeanné School of Dance 125 W. Saveland Ave. (414) 325-6835 hyPErformance Urban Dance Center 2681 S. Kinnickinnic Ave. (414) 431-4998
Joyce Parker Productions 2685 S. Kinnickinnic Ave. (414) 744-8866 Music Music Music 2654 S. Kinnickinnic Ave. (414) 486-0418 Shape Up Shoppe 2697 S. Kinnickinnic Ave. (414) 481-2108 Trillium Studio 3074 S. Delaware Ave. (414) 489-0784
Historic Bay View
From Fritsche’s Foundry to Castle on the Hill The story of Bay View High School By Ron Winkler
n the early 20th century, Bay Viewites who attended South Division, Milwaukee’s only south side high school, could only dream of a neighborhood high school. That changed in September 1914 when a one-room wooden barracks opened on the south side of Russell Avenue between Pine and Lenox—Bay View High School. A staﬀ of six teachers and Gustav A. Fritsche, principal, taught the 150 students who responded to the opening bell. As enrollment increased, more wooden buildings were added until by 1917, a sprawling bungalow of six buildings had been constructed. The school, nicknamed “Fritsche’s Foundry,” in reference to Bay View’s steel mill, was primitive at best, with a leaky roof, no lights, soft splintery wood ﬂoors, no central heating (each room had its own coal burning stove), and walls so thin that students could be educated in two subjects at the same time. With no hot water, athletes participating in the school’s two sports of football and track took cold showers using a sprinkling can or bucket of water. New School By 1917 the bungalow was at capacity and plans were made for a new facility. Groundbreaking was Sept. 18, 1917. However, construction soon was stalled due to shortages of personnel and materials related to World War I. The school was ﬁnally
opened Sept. 5, 1922 with 4,000 attending the dedication May 25, 1923. With its elevated location and rooftop battlements, the school became known as the “Castle on the Hill,” with the gargoyles adding a touch of whimsy. The history of the Bay View community is depicted in murals near the original Russell Avenue entrance and on both the inside and outside of the auditorium. The school colors of scarlet and black were adopted by vote March 17, 1916. The athletic teams, originally the Silverites and then the Bays, became the Redcats in 1950. In 1939, with an enrollment of 2,211 students and 86 teachers, the school celebrated its silver anniversary and that of Fritsche, who had been principal at BVHS from the start. Sadly, Fritsche died unexpectedly shortly after he was feted for his 25 years. He was succeeded by vice principal Bernhard C. Korn. During World War II, BVHS led the nation’s schools in the collection of scrap paper and the sale of war stamps and bonds, selling over $2 million. As a result, Korn was sent to Washington, D.C. as the state representative for the War Production Board as a consultant on salvage drives and war bond campaigns. Showers & Beyond Korn retired as principal in 1960, after serving 45 years at the school. Arthur L. Showers replaced Korn and served until retiring in 1972 at age 62. The school reached its maximum enrollment of 2,700 in 1962, but
This 1923 postcard shows the north elevation of Bay View High School before the 1975 addition. ~photos/image courtesy Bay View Historical Society
when Fritsche Junior High School opened in 1963, the crowded conditions were alleviated when Bay View became a three-year high school. The enrollment dropped to 2,168 students, taught by 94 teachers. On May 16, 1964 the school celebrated its 50th anniversary with a dinner at the Milwaukee Auditorium with more than 2,000 attending. In 1975, an addition to the north side of the school added classrooms and a 1,200seat gymnasium. Unfortunately, this addition covered the school’s main entrance while the adjacent parking lot destroyed the original beautifully landscaped campus. The school’s seal was incorporated into the ﬂoor of the foyer of the new addition. A tradition began that no one would step on the seal out of respect for the school. Sarah A. Scott, the ﬁrst black woman appointed principal at an MPS high school in
Story of the Architects The BVHS architects, Henry Van Ryn and Geritt DeGelleke, had begun their partnership in 1897. Milwaukee school board architects from 1912 to 1925, they were of Dutch heritage and specialized in institutional work. Besides Bay View High, they designed seven other schools including Washington High (1913-1916) and Riverside High (1912). They also designed a number of college buildings including Milwaukee Area Technical College (1926) and Mitchell Hall (1909, 1912), Engelmann Hall (1926), and Sabin Hall (1928) on the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee campus. An example of a commercial building that they designed is the Caswell Building (1907) on Plankinton and Wisconsin. ~Ron Winkler 1972, came from Lincoln High School to Bay View in 1976. Scott was known as a strict disciplinarian and involved parents in solving student problems. She died unexpectedly Jan. 28, 1979 at age 56. Accomplishments BVHS has always been known for music. Scores of famous musicals have been brought to Bay View’s stage including Kismet, Sound of Music, and Godspell. The names Ray Dietrich, George Cerwin, and Merle Williams have become synonymous with music at Bay View. Similarly, the names William Matthei and Red Mierzwa have become synonymous with athletics.
Starting with one building in 1914, “Fritsche’s Foundry” grew with the addition of five more buildings that were actually moved from Washington High School, which opened in 1916.
Creative writing classes and seminars were started at BVHS in the days when those types of classes were considered experimental. In the 1950s and 1960s there were honor study halls without teachers present and Building Control was a program whereby students patrolled the halls.
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• Made it a priority to get kids into class and off the streets • Fought successfully to get Milwaukee Police into the schools • Demands immediate consequences for students or adults who commit crimes in schools
By Katherine Keller
ustainability is the clarion call being uttered by economists and ecologists concerning commercial ﬁshing. Scientists warn that wild ﬁsh populations are endangered. We, as consumers, can support seafood population sustainability by making intelligent choices in the grocery store or restaurant. The Monterey Bay Aquarium produced seafood guides relative to diﬀerent U.S. geographical locations. The chart above was designed for Central U.S. Cut out the chart, fold it, and put it in your wallet. Use it at the store and when dining out. If you don’t want to cut up the Compass, print your own chart. (mbayaq.org/ cr/cr_seafoodwatch/download.asp) Print copies to pass to friends, your kids’ teachers, and others. Why not include them in your holiday cards later this year? There is a wealth of information about seafood on Monterey Aquarium site, including clear delineations about when and why to buy or not buy farmed seafood. Seafood Watch oﬀered the following
advice about ordering ﬁsh in a restaurant. Consult your Seafood Watch guide when perusing a menu. Don’t order ﬁsh from the “Avoid” list like orange roughy or Chilean sea bass. Ask your server or chef if they know how the tuna was caught, where swordﬁsh is from, whether the salmon is wild or farmed. If they don’t know, or if the catch or farming method doesn’t meet the standard, thank them,
and order something else. (Learn about safe, humane ﬁshing methods on the Monterey Aquarium’s website.)
• Voted against a 7.7% tax levy increase in 2006 • Eliminated bureaucracy to get more dollars into classrooms • Voted to close inefﬁcient, underperforming schools
• Burdick Elementary • Humboldt Park Elementary • Whittier Elementary • Fernwood Montessori • IDEAL (K-8) • Fritsche Middle School • Ronald Reagan International Baccalaureate High School
Paid for by Dannecker for School Board, Mary Dannecker, Treasurer
brieﬂy stunned ﬁsh into the ROV’s collection cylinder.
Exploring Mid-lake Reef By Casey Twanow
Casey Twanow joined scientists John Janssen and Rob Paddock on two of their many trips to the Mid-lake Reef to provide ﬁrsthand accounts of their ongoing research at the site. April 13, 2006
t’s a chilly afternoon out on Lake Michigan. Scientists John Janssen and Rob Paddock, from UWM’s Great Lakes WATER Institute, are 40 miles and four hours
After three hours exploring the reef, the scientists have what they came for—three small lake trout, called fry, which Janssen will preserve for genetic analysis. One is a newly-hatched “sac-fry,” still carrying a nourishing yolk; the others are just weeks old. An excited Janssen scoops them into a cooler, saying, “This is the deepest anybody’s ever documented lake trout producing fry.” Will Life Find a Way? Great numbers of lake trout once spawned at the Midlake Reef, but native lake trout were wiped out 60 years ago by over-ﬁshing and invasive sea lamprey predation. Since then, despite annual stocking by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), natural reproduction in Lake Michigan has been negligible. There is evidence, however, that lake trout stocked on the Mid-lake Reef 15 years ago have matured and are successfully reproducing at low population levels. Since 2003 Janssen has collected about 3,000 lake trout eggs on the reef. About half of them have hatched in his laboratory, which means the eggs were fertilized and viable. When he dragged a trawl net over the reef, although he caught only four lake trout fry, one had food in its belly and another had ﬁlled its swim bladder, a buoyancy organ. These milestones—ﬁrst feeding and swim bladder inﬂation—are keys to survival and growth. Scientists and ﬁsheries managers believe the reef holds promise as a nursery grounds to restore lake trout populations. The reef is within an 1,100 square mile refuge, so trout are protected from ﬁshing. It is also less hospitable to invasive species like the round goby, which feeds on lake trout eggs, than nearshore areas where trout are typically stocked. The USFWS plans to focus lake trout stocking on the reef, which should increase the trout that return there to spawn.
Research like Janssen’s will reveal which strains of lake trout are spawning successfully on the Mid-lake Reef. Preliminary analysis of eggs he has colThe ROV onboard the Neeskay at sunset on Lake Michigan. The frame and accessory gear for the lected suggests most trout spawning on ROV were custom made at the GLWI instrument shop. ~courtesy WATER Institute the reef are a strain native to New York’s Seneca Lake. Further genetic analysis of eggs and fry will oﬀshore on the research vessel Neeskay. In the onboard help USFWS stock strains well-adapted to reproduce on the laboratory, they are glued to a monitor showing an eerie, reef, where conditions diﬀ er from shallow spawning sites. green-tinged landscape. They are viewing the Mid-lake Reef, an area where rocky plains slope up from the lake bottom and drop oﬀ in steep cliﬀs, through the eyes of an ROV, a remotely operated vehicle. With a large, PlayStation-like handset, Paddock guides the ROV over rocks carpeted with invasive quagga
An excited Janssen scoops trout “sac-fry” into a cooler, saying, “This is the deepest anybody’s ever documented lake trout producing fry.” mussels, 130 feet below. The ROV, armed with electrodes and a suction tube, roams the reef as the scientists scan the monitors. They wait for a hint of motion, then Janssen squeezes a remote to trigger an electric shock near the ROV and Paddock sucks the
October 25, 2006 It’s now spawning season, a crisp, sunny day on the Neeskay. The coming “gales of November” can prevent regular ﬁeldwork, so Janssen and Paddock head for the Mid-lake Reef whenever the weather oﬀers a window of calm, day or night. The scientists and crew launch the ROV and within minutes the monitors show lake trout patrolling the reef. The scientists are here to collect eggs deposited by these spawning trout. The ROV is equipped with a rigid tube that Paddock uses to prod among the rocks, periodically vacuuming up mussels, cloudy sediment, and hopefully eggs. The weather holds, and the scientists run the ROV past sunset. Then, working by ﬂashlight on the cold deck, Janssen carefully sorts the day’s catch. Among the quagga mussels he ﬁnds several
Scientists John Janssen (standing) and Rob Paddock (seated) in the Neeskay’s onboard laboratory. ~photos courtesy WATER Institute
dozen lake trout eggs, pearl-sized, yellow blobs. He drops them into a cooler; back in the lab he’ll incubate them to assess their survival and send some away for genetic analysis. Spawning season will soon be over, and the reef below will quietly incubate eggs through the winter. No one knows if the Mid-lake Reef can anchor a lake trout comeback in Lake Michigan. But come spring, Janssen and Paddock will return to the reef to search again for tiny fry that signal hope for their species’ recovery.
A still image captured by the ROV during the November lake trout spawning season. Lake trout and the ROV’s suction arm are visible.
The Great Lakes WATER (Wisconsin Aquatic Technology and Environmental Research) Institute is the largest freshwater academic research institute in the Great Lakes region. More information: glwi.uwm.edu. WATER Senior Scientist John Janssen’s major research areas are ﬁsheries biology and Great Lakes ﬁsheries. WATER Researcher Rob Paddock’s major research areas are water chemistry and underwater instrumentation.
Environmental Consequences in Yellowstone National Park In last month’s H20 column, “Lost and Found,” we told of the epic journey of lake trout to Lewis Lake in Yellowstone National Park. Although fish stocked in that lake preserved an important strain of Lake Michigan trout, they also impacted the ecosystem. In 1994, lake trout were found in nearby Yellowstone Lake, likely transferred from Lewis Lake by fishermen. Now an invasive species, lake trout are feeding on the smaller, native, cutthroat trout. Dwindling cutthroat numbers will disturb the ecosystem balance, even on land, where grizzlies depend on food from the cutthroat’s fall spawning run.
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MPS a public safety issue? after some disturbances at games, which included cutting oﬀ the sale of tickets at the door and ﬁlling up gyms to just 75 percent of their capacity. “Those interventions have made a big improvement,” Andrekopoulos said. Still, Andrekopoulos said incidents like the one at Bradley Tech cannot be resolved by the school system alone. “We’re doing a number of things, but we need the city’s help [and] we need the community’s help because as a school system we’re not an island alone…We need all of us coming together.” But Donovan challenged Andrekopoulos to develop “a strategy to identify, isolate, and remove from our schools the 20 percent or so of individuals responsible for probably 80 percent of the disorder facing MPS.” In other words, develop a plan to expel the troublemakers. The most common reasons cited for expulsion are drug or weapon possession and assaults on students or teachers. Expelled students face two possible courses of punishment: For lesser infractions, they’re transferred to an alternate school, but more serious violations result in their permanent removal from MPS. Approximately 180-230 students were expelled last year. There are approximately 90,000 students at MPS. School Board President Joe Dannecker, who also spoke before the committee, used the Tech incident to illustrate MPS’s thorny predicament. “Students who jump an armed police oﬃcer and break bones is kind of an indication of the problem we’re up against,” he said, “where that kind of unabashed violent behavior takes place in the face of a fairly large security presence.” Peter Pochowski, MPS director of school safety and security, was also alarmed by the escalation of violence in schools. He noted that the current safety assistance budget is now over $8 million. Pochowski discussed steps his department has recently taken to try to stem the aggression in schools, such as channeling more funds to antiviolence programs, increasing the number of peer mediation programs, and implementing anti-bullying programs. “In survey after survey,” he said, “the fear of being bullied in school is still the number one safety issue for students.” Outlook for Bay View District 14 Alderman Zielinski, on the PSC, is also concerned about MPS safety issues. He has been working on several measures aimed at addressing issues with Bay View High School. In particular, Zielinski would like to have police stationed there throughout the school year. Two police oﬃcers, referred to as “School Resource Oﬃcers,” were just assigned to Bradley Tech in a new pilot program between the school system and the police department. Zielinski would like to have that program extended to Bay View in the near future. Additionally, he’s teaming up with Bay View High School Principal Barbara Goss to work on a promising program with Bucyrus International,
which has locations in South Milwaukee and Bay View. The company is in need of welders, and Bay View students may soon be ﬁlling in that demand. Students would receive training and, at the same time, would be paid for their work. And upon completion of the program, they’d have the opportunity to test for a welding certiﬁcate. “Part of the problem with a lot of these kids is they don’t have a positive outlet for their energies and talents,” Zielinski said. So part of the solution is to get them involved with the community in a positive way. While Bay View High School’s public image has suﬀered a recent blow, there are still plenty of positive developments going on within the school, said Sonia Simko, president of the Bay View High School Alumni Association. Simko cited Bay View’s new band director and that for the “ﬁrst time ever” Bay View has a drum line. But she’s not too happy with the local news coverage in general. “The news media are like vultures when it comes to bad publicity,” she said. Not long ago, when the alumni association worked with students to put together a winter concert, she contacted Channels 4, 6, 12, and 58 several times, yet the concert didn’t receive any TV coverage. “Why focus on the negativity?” she said. Bradley Tech Brawl The Jan. 30 disturbance, which has come to be called the Bradley Tech Brawl, did grab media attention. Video footage from the Time Warner Wisconsin game camera was rebroadcast on local networks and over the internet at jsonline.com. The video, apparently from an edited tape given several observable cuts, showed some of the violence but mainly captured the sense of disorder of a packed gym ﬂoor ﬁlled with screaming people and the police oﬃcers who were already inside. According to police, after the home team pulled oﬀ an 82-81 overtime victory, excited fans swarmed the gymnasium ﬂoor and several ﬁghts broke out. When police could not reach an 18-year-old woman who seemed to be having a seizure, they “sent out a call city-wide to ‘assist an oﬃcer,’” according to an MPD statement, and dozens of oﬃcers responded to that call. Only four citywide assists have been requested by police since 1967. Four police sustained injuries that included a broken ﬁnger and ankle. Ten people were taken into custody, mainly for disorderly conduct. One person, however, was arrested on a more serious charge of battery to a police oﬃcer. Thirteen police oﬃcers were present when the disorder erupted, more than is standard because of another disturbance at the gym earlier that day. Eighteen MPS safety oﬃcials were also present, along with both high school principals. Between 1,100 and 1,200 tickets had been sold to fans. In a press release the following morning, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett announced that he would “not tolerate this outrageous and dangerous behavior” and warned of consequences. One consequence was the immediate suspension of ticket sales for both high schools.
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Q&A for citywide candidates for school board
Thompson: One area that needs particular improvement is helping parents, particularly those new to MPS, navigate the school selection process and pick the school that would best serve their child. A particular priority for schools is to make sure parents are kept informed about their children’s learning progress. In my experience successful MPS principals take responsibility for what happens in their schools, particularly whether each of their students is learning. Although there are a number of positive efforts to identify, train, and support strong principals, the results still fall short of the needs. 4. Would you support increasing the MPS budget to expressly and explicitly restore programs that have been cut such as the fine arts, extracurriculars, and building maintenance? Who or what should be next on the chopping block? Brown-Grice: Yes, nothing should be next. Ways to keep and restore what has been cut should be looked at and reevaluated to bring back a strong and vital MPS district. Koneazny: As an educator I know that the whole child must be educated. We must find the resources to provide for the arts, music, and libraries in each school. As a former MPS board member I know the value of school maintenance. I will have a better understanding of the present situation when I am back on the board. Penn: Unless the district can prove it is making the best use of all the resources it already has I would not support increasing the MPS budget. MPS must build confidence in its ability to deliver results. The classroom is the center but not the circumference of quality K-12 education. That should be acknowledged and supported. Some programs do require more funds to meet the academic demands whether for equipment, supplies, teachers, or facilities. A lot more information must be effectively requested, supplied, and considered in light of these issues before more decisions about cutting are made. Thompson: I support creative ways to support these programs. I am proposing a fund for the arts that would be used both for documented extra costs and as a source for consulting to help schools extend their resources. The extension fund can be used for arts and other extracurricular activities outside the state funding cap. We need more partnerships with nonprofit groups for after-school activities and other support for our students. When I was on the board we signed an agreement where the city uses its borrowing power for school construction and maintenance. We need to hold it to its commitment. 5. Should reducing the busing of students across town be a district goal? If yes, what can be done to reduce busing? Also discuss your perspective on neighborhood schools. Brown-Grice: Yes, make all neighborhoods great. My opinion of the present school board’s neighborhood schools program is: I see it as a way to stop the busing. But it also limits choices for special schools. Just because a school is in a neighborhood does not automatically make it one of excellence. Koneazny: There will always be a need for transportation. I resist the word “busing” because it has become a buzz word against desegregation. Right now we have the word “neighborhood” school as a buzz word for resegregation. One of the reasons for public schools was the need to integrate all the different cultures. I still believe that is important. Our city is being torn apart by divisions. We must do what we can in our schools to provide safe havens for all of our children. Neighborhood schools must be one of many choices available. Penn: All public schools should provide a high quality, effective education for the students they serve. The tools to accomplish this should be provided and the results from their endeavors should be evaluated meaningfully, insuring that neighborhood schools are seen as an excellent educational option. The Neighborhood Schools Initiative has already significantly reduced busing. The district must address the fact that all MPS schools do not provide the same quality of educational experience to students. It should only be because parents seek a specialized educational program for their child that they choose to attend a school not in their neighborhood. Thompson: The ideal is a system of strong neighborhood schools, along with specialty schools for students wanting a particular program (arts, Montessori, language immersion, etc.). Where the goal of giving options conflicts with the need to reduce costs of busing, we need to strike a balance. For example, Bay View now has two Montessori schools, so children no longer need to take long bus rides for Montessori education. One reason for developing strong after-school programs is that some working parents deliberately choose distant schools, treating long bus rides as a form of day care.
Anti-smoking proposal goes too far R EPRESENTATIVE S INICKI by Chris Sinicki
n Jan. 30, in his State of the State address to the Legislature, Governor Doyle outlined his major new “AntiSmoking Initiative.” Describing it as follow-up to suing the tobacco companies as attorney general, he has proposed a broad plan to turn the state’s focus on tobacco customers, including me and about 900,000 other Wisconsinites. In his plan, Doyle proposed major changes in state tobacco use policy by banning public smoking statewide and also raising the cigarette tax. This may be by far the most controversial portion of the agenda the governor has set out for his second term. The governor’s anti-smoking initiative actually includes three parts: a ban on smoking statewide in all public buildings, workplaces, restaurants, and taverns; increasing the cigarette tax by $1.25 per pack; and reﬁnancing the tobacco settlement bonds for new money, both to pay for new smoking cessation programs and the public costs of smoking-related illnesses. I, of course, support eﬀorts to keep kids from starting to smoke, and to protect nonsmokers from secondhand smoke. So creating new and better programs to do this seems smart to me, if the money’s there for it. The state of Maine triggered a sharp decline in middle and high school smoking after investing more resources
into such programs. And, using smart money management like bond reﬁnancing to pay for these programs and for the taxpayers’ cost for smoking-related asthma and cancer also seems to me, well, smart. But, raising the cigarette tax over 160 percent to help pay for these things seems to me something else—excessive and punitive. I believe the proposed tax increase is simply too large and is unfair to the consumers of cigarettes. Smokers are taxed much more highly than the consumers of the other most common “vice,” alcohol. Last year the state collected almost $318 million in cigarette taxes, but only $50 million on all the alcohol bought statewide. And this in a year that saw yet another statewide decline in the number of smokers.
I, of course, support efforts to keep kids from starting to smoke, and to protect nonsmokers from secondhand smoke. So creating new and better programs to do this seems smart to me, if the money’s there for it….But, raising the cigarette tax over 160 percent to help pay for these things seems to me something else—excessive and punitive. I believe the proposed tax increase is simply too large and is unfair to the consumers of cigarettes. As for the sweeping ban on public smoking, this also seems to go too far. At the least, permitting tavern owners to allow smoking if they wish would be less extreme and fairer to business people. Although this top-down approach is consistent with some of the governor’s previous policies (the new minimum wage law, for example), I do cringe at this broad state override of local governmental control. A formula in which cities and towns were allowed some leeway in deciding the extent to which they limit smoking within their own limits would be a more respectful and collaborative approach. So, I do believe Gov. Doyle is on the right track in working to improve public health and lessen smoking’s cost to taxpayers. I’m not, though, totally in agreement with the broad strokes he wants to use to reach these goals. As his initiative moves through the state budget process and regular lawmaking session, I will support these goals while standing up for the rights of my constituents and local oﬃcials to make their own decisions. Please let me
know your thoughts on this matter to rep. email@example.com, or State P.O. Box 8953, Madison WI 53708. Chris Sinicki is the state representative for Wisconsin’s 20th state Assembly District, which includes southern Bay View, St. Francis, Cudahy, the airport, and other parts of the south side. She can be reached at (888) 5340020 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Police in schools, community meeting on services A LDERMAN Z IELINSKI by Tony Zielinski
Community Meeting Feb. 19 I will be holding a community meeting Feb. 19 at 6pm in the Bay View High School auditorium, 2751 S. Lenox St. The heads of many city departments will be on hand to discuss such issues as policing, parking, snowplowing, health, garbage collection, forestry, building inspection, and street lighting. This will be an opportunity for constituents to meet these department heads face to face and have their questions answered.
A limited number of police officers will now work in schools under a pilot program. Given the shortage of police officers, these officers in the pilot program will be paid on overtime. Police Oﬃcers In Schools Recent events in the city of Milwaukee have once again drawn attention to behavior and discipline problems in some Milwaukee Public Schools, and citizens, elected oﬃcials, MPS students, and staﬀ have expressed serious concerns about public safety in the classrooms. To that end, I have introduced two pieces of legislation. The ﬁrst resolution I sponsored approved an Intergovernmental Cooperation Agreement with the Milwaukee Board of School Directors for police services. This resolution passed the Public Safety Committee Feb. 1 and the Common
Council Feb. 6 with a vote of 13-2. A limited number of police oﬃcers will now work in schools under a pilot program. Given the shortage of police oﬃcers, these oﬃcers in the pilot program will be paid on overtime. To avoid overtime and also increase the number of police oﬃcers that can be located in schools, I am introducing another resolution to add a third police class this year so we can train an additional 50 police oﬃcers. The adopted 2007 city budget includes funding for two police oﬃcer recruit classes of approximately 50 to 55 candidates each, with projected start dates of early June and early December. The new proposal, to be considered by the Public Safety Committee Feb. 15, would move the December class to August and add the third class in December. Because the city and MPS have developed a good working relationship, it is anticipated that a fair cost-sharing plan will be negotiated. Thus far the city and MPS have negotiated a fair cost-sharing agreement on the cost for the placement of a few police oﬃcers in the schools for the existing pilot program. Tony Zielinski is the city’s alderman for District 14, which includes Bay View. He can be reached at email@example.com or (414) 286-3769.
KRM commuter rail on track S TATE S ENATOR P LALE by Jeff Pale
s your state Senator and chair of the Committee on Commerce, Utilities, and Rail, I am pleased to say that plans are on the move for the Kenosha Racine Milwaukee (KRM) commuter rail. This service will provide 14 daily round trips between Milwaukee and Chicago, a much needed link to professional, educational, and cultural opportunities along the corridor. As chair of the committee that handles rail issues, I will work with diligence to shepherd issues through the legislature, keeping this project on track to being utilized by 2011.
I support a recent proposal to address this local funding by increasing the car rental tax in Wisconsin to $15. This is the most cost-effective solution for Wisconsin taxpayers and I am confident the legislature will join me in its support. The beneﬁts of getting these trains moving are widespread. First and foremost is the economic beneﬁt KRM will bring to southeast Wisconsin. Economic development around new train stations includes an estimated $7.8 billion increase in real estate values and $750 million increase in retail sales. Commuter trains will provide greater access to cultural venues and events, contributing to increased tourism revenue for Wisconsin. Additionally, utilizing our colleges and universities will be far easier for Illinois and Wisconsin residents alike, bringing additional revenue to this state and attracting still more bright young people to Wisconsin. KRM will run through a densely populated area of the state and therefore will not
only have a large impact on accessibility to employment, but will provide employers access to a large, diverse workforce. With the implementation of KRM, the prospect of commuting, even to Chicago, will become more feasible. It will oﬀer a reliable alternative to high gas prices and traﬃc congestion, in addition to decreasing emissions and creating long-term environmental beneﬁts. Furthermore, every individual who rides the train means potentially one car eliminated from rush-hour congestion, making life easier for all of us. The question of funding for this extensive project is one that remains partially unanswered. The majority, roughly 60 percent of capital costs will be funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation. The Wisconsin Commuter Rail Transit System Program will provide approximately 20 percent, matching the local capital funding. Once the rail is in place, 74 percent of operating costs will be paid for by state assistance and fare revenue. Federal assistance will contribute 18 percent of the cost, local share of funding being 8 percent. I support a recent proposal to address this local funding by increasing the car rental tax in Wisconsin to $15. This is the most cost-eﬀective solution for Wisconsin taxpayers and I am conﬁdent the legislature will join me in its support.
Therefore, I cosponsored an amendment that was adopted in the 2007 Milwaukee County budget that sets aside $1.5 million speciﬁcally to support aﬀordable, quality housing for persons with mental illness. In addition, the County Board recently adopted criteria to allocate funds from this account and funded two housing developments in the city of Milwaukee. These two projects combined will receive about $500,000 from this account and will provide adequate housing for about 48 people. We are now 60 percent closer to a solution for people in our community who need it the most. Lastly, the County Board is also examining the possibility of moving the Behavioral Health Division from the County Grounds where it is currently located to the former site of St. Michael’s Hospital. It is my opinion that a move to this location should be predicated on proven, major, operational savings realized from moving to this site. If we can achieve savings, I also would like to see a portion of those savings invested into improving the mental health services we currently provide. I will keep you updated as this issue progresses.
This process inevitably created disagreements. The issue of non-severability was a major ﬂashpoint. Under the old version of the legislation, if any part of it was ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court, the entire bill would be void and the reforms would not have gone through. In the past such a conﬂict would have resulted in partisan gridlock that would have doomed the bill. This time both sides worked together, non-severability was taken out of the legislation, and ethics reform passed with an overwhelming margin in the legislature. The governor has been a strong
supporter of the proposal and has indicated that he will sign the bill into law. I was proud to vote for this landmark bill. The success of the ethics reform package is proof that when the legislature works together in a truly bipartisan way we can accomplish great things. It is my hope that this will become the norm, instead of the exception, for how we get things done. If we can work together to pass one of the most bitter issues of the last spring, summer, and fall, we can work to pass a budget that will make life more aﬀordable for the middle class. Together, we can provide aﬀordable and accessible health care, hold the line on property taxes, invest in quality education for our kids, and make energy independence a reality. Jon Richards is the state representative for Wisconsin’s 19th state Assembly District, which includes Bay View, the Third Ward, eastern downtown, and the East Side. He can be reached at (888) 534-0019 or rep. firstname.lastname@example.org.
As always, feel free to contact me at my oﬃce at (414) 278-4232 with any questions or comments you may have. Your Milwaukee County Supervisor, Marina Dimitrijevic
I ﬁrmly believe that implementation of KRM will greatly enhance life for all of us in southeastern Wisconsin. While there will be some investment in getting the project oﬀ the ground, it is an investment with a high return.
Marina Dimitrijevic is the county’s supervisor of District 4, which includes Bay View. She can be reached at mdimitrijevic@milwcnty. com or (414) 278-4232.
For those of you who would like to stay updated on the progress of this project, please contact my district oﬃce at (414) 744-1444. I would be happy to add your name to our list of supporters of this exciting venture for Wisconsin.
Ethics reform package a bipartisan success
Jeﬀ Plale is the state senator for Wisconsin’s 7th state Senate District, which spans from Milwaukee’s East Side to Oak Creek, including downtown, the Third Ward, Bay View, St. Francis, Cudahy, and South Milwaukee. He can be reached at (800) 361-5487 or sen. email@example.com.
From the beginning of this legislative year, both parties were dedicated to quickly passing a comprehensive reform bill that would put an end to the ethics violations that threatened Wisconsin’s reputation for clean government. The new Assembly Republican leadership worked side by side with the Democratic majority in the Senate, and the Democrats in the Assembly, to create the legislation the public deserved and our government needed.
R EPRESENTATIVE R ICHARDS by Jon Richards
County Board funds improved housing for mentally ill S UPERVISOR D IMITRIJEVIC by Marina Dimitrijevic
Dear Bay View Compass Readers,
ast year the media helped bring attention to the lack of quality, aﬀordable housing for persons who are living with mental illness in our community. As a result, the Milwaukee County Board created a task force to examine the issue and propose solutions. The task force concluded that there were approximately 80 persons with mental illness living in sub-standard conditions in Milwaukee County.
I cosponsored an amendment that was adopted in the 2007 Milwaukee County budget that sets aside $1.5 million specifically to support affordable, quality housing for persons with mental illness. 13
ast month the legislature passed a historic bipartisan ethics reform package that will help keep our government clean and bolster the public’s trust in our process. The bill merges the state Ethics and Elections Boards to create one independent, nonpartisan Government Accountability Board. This new board has the power to review, revise, and enforce current ethics and election laws, and the authority to investigate alleged ethics violations for prosecution.
This is a major step for ethics reform in Wisconsin, and I hope it will not be the last. But what was particularly impressive about this bill was the bipartisan cooperation that led to its development and its passage. This is a major step for ethics reform in Wisconsin, and I hope it will not be the last. But what was particularly impressive about this bill was the bipartisan cooperation that led to its development and its passage. The ethics reform package was ﬁrst introduced last year, but the bitter partisanship that gripped the session prevented any sort of reasonable compromise from happening, and the bill died. Luckily, the fall election cycle brought with it a new bipartisan spirit and new hope that ethics reform could be addressed once and for all.
Atmospheric wall at St. Ann Center
Learning Channel’s “While You Were Out,” and he just ﬁlmed a show to appear on the Home and Garden TV about plaster relief work he did in Rockford, Ill.
By Michael Timm
He’s most proud of his 3-year-old son, Jackson, and then of his work inside the Bronzeville neighborhood’s Soche’ Milwaukee recently-opened upscale restaurant.
Art fund pays for work by local interior artist
n aged, pastel Mediterranean streetscape—the kind a traveler might ﬁnd along a Venetian waterfront—emerged within wintry Wisconsin last month. Nilson Studios transformed the western interior wall of the St. Ann Center for Intergenerational Care atrium into a textured, colorful faux streetscape inspired by a painting by Nancy Macek, the center’s volunteer art gallery coordinator. “I painted it some years ago,” said Macek, “an Italian waterfront street scene, from an Italian cookbook.” Her painting caught the eye of Sr. Edna Lonergan, St. Ann’s president, whose vision for the publicly accessible, sun-ﬁlled atrium included making it feel more like a European village. In 2006 the center received a grant for $10,000 from the Mary L. Nohl Fund of the Greater Milwaukee Foundation to support local artists and the appreciation of the arts in the community. Nohl, best known for the concrete sculptures in the yard of her Fox Point home, now listed as one of the 10 most endangered properties in Wisconsin, died in 2001 and left a $9.6 million bequest to a foundation fund earmarked to support the arts. Bill Rondeau, St. Ann vice president of fund development, said he posted the project on a MIAD board in late 2006 and got numerous responses. Nilson Studios was selected. Adam Nilson, who owns and operates the 3-year-old custom wall design business, has aesthetically transformed other Bay View haunts—notably adding slick, modern elements to The Groove and Hairy’s Hair Bar. One of his ﬁrst jobs was also painting the Mona Lisa at Sven’s Café. The Beloit native “grew up doing aerosol works,” moved to Milwaukee in 1996 where he was “classically trained” at MIAD, started an incubator shop in the Hide House, and has since moved his design center, gallery, and shop to Second and Pittsburgh in Walker’s Point. Nilson said he always thought large scale with art. Nilson’s work was also featured on The
While every client is diﬀerent, Nilson serves an evolving niche. “We don’t paint dolphin murals. We do more cutting edge,” Nilson said. With the St. Ann Center project, “We just wanted to help out because it’s a good cause.”
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For St. Ann Center, Nilson’s west wall may just be another beginning. “All we’ve done is take it to the next level, ﬁnish it oﬀ, give it more character,” Rondeau said of the ediﬁce that already incorporated window bumpouts to suggest a streetscape.
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Enhancement of the east wall may be next. Rondeau said the center is also looking for someone to do tiling work and eventually a mural depicting an intergenerational theme on the balcony overlooking the atrium. Respite Care Center The respite care center addition to the western side of St. Ann Center is due to open in the coming months. The lower level, to include outpatient rehabilitation and a hair and nail salon including massage therapy, should open March 1, said Ron Zeilinger, vice president of marketing. There will also be a warm water spa on the lower level. The upper level should open April 1, with an open house for the community scheduled for April 15, a meaningful date because it was philanthropist Marty Stein’s birthday, Zeilinger said. Stein, a friend to the center, died in 2006.
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The $5 million, 10,000-square foot addition was planned in 2006 and is intended to provide a nine-bedroom respite care center for short-term overnight care of up to two weeks. The St. Ann Care for Intergenerational Care, 2801 E. Morgan Ave., is an internationally recognized daycare center whose philosophy is to provide an environment where the aged and the young care for one another. For more information, see stanncenter.org, nilson-studio.com, greatermilwaukeefoundation.org. See next month for photos of the St. Ann atrium.
Milwaukee City Chess Conference Box Score Match at Wisconsin Lutheran, Jan. 24 Wisconsin Lutheran (L) vs. Milwaukee School of Languages (W), (17-23) Board 1 Bob Wiedenhoeft vs. Jon Zimmermann (10-0) Board 2 Jordan Roberts vs. Kou Yang (0-9) Board 3 Andrew Gerlach vs. Vegard Aberge (0-8) Board 4 Adam Struch vs. Zach Woodhouse (7-0) Board 5 Tom Tranberg vs. Dylan Bernard (0-6) The city chess tournament is March 1 all day at the Marquette University Union.
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Walking on Water Frozen fun at ice fishing clinic
Ice Fishing Tips from the DNR ~Check ice conditions before heading out. Make sure ice is at least four inches thick and follow a path if there is one. ~Ice thickness can vary across an area—check more than one spot. ~Remember this rule of thumb: “Thick and blue, tried and true—thin and crispy, way too risky.”
“This introduces kids to the sport,” Coﬀaro said. “In today’s society, a lot of times the tradition of ﬁshing isn’t being passed on like when I was a kid. Now there are a lot of other things for kids to do—video games, soccer, etc., they may never get an opportunity to see what it is all about.” The ﬁshing clinics oﬀer indoor instruction (only parks with pavilions are chosen), and different “stations” of activities, including videos on ice safety, knot tying, and ﬁsh cleaning techniques. Volunteers from various ﬁshing clubs and organizations staﬀ the events and, according to Coﬀaro, really make the whole thing possible.
“These men and women are very dedicated and they do an excellent job of teaching kids the basics of ﬁshing,” Coﬀaro said. After about an hour inside learning tricks of the trade with the adult volunteers, the kids are ready to go out and ﬁsh. Club members walk around helping kids bait hooks and get situated—they even set up portable heaters on frigid days. “All the equipment is provided,” Coﬀaro said, “All we ask is that kids dress warm. It’s all free, you can’t go wrong.” On this particular morning, about a dozen enthusiastic kids and parents showed up. Volunteers shoveled the snow oﬀ of a large section of ice on the southwestern part of the Humboldt Park lagoon. Kids of various ages sat on overturned white buckets staring into the pre-drilled holes, waiting The spring free fishing clinics will be held for a bite. The temperature around 9:30am was Saturday, April 14 at various Milwaukee about 5 degrees. An icy wind made the face masks, and Waukesha County Parks. For more long-johns, snowmobile suits, heavy boots, and information, visit dnr.wi.gov or call (414) mittens the appropriate uniform of choice. 263-8500.
Left to right: Dominika Lulewicz, 7, daughter of Elzbieta and John Lulewicz, Bay View; Kyra Fetherston, 4, daughter of Kari and Dan Fetherston, Bay View (not pictured are Kyra’s brothers Ethan, 6, and Collin, 8); Casey Jones, 4, son of Emilie and Deron Jones, Oak Creek; Cameron Rodriguez, 9, son of Carol and Rudy Rodriguez, Greenfield. Below: Jarod Felber, 7, with his dad Jim Felber, St. Francis. Though it was not a keeper, Jarod’s fish was the only one caught during the 9am session. His dad is holding the five-inch sunfish Jarod caught using a kernel of corn. The corn bait was employed to lure trout.
“Last year we had no ice. A couple of weeks ago, we weren’t sure we’d have enough ice. That is February in Wisconsin.” —Matt Coffaro, WDNR regional fish biologist “Last year we had no ice,” Coﬀaro said. “A couple of weeks ago, we weren’t sure we’d have enough ice. That is February in Wisconsin.” Ten-year-old Alex Lulewicz sat a few feet away from his dad and sister, patiently waiting for his bobber to move. Ice had formed on it in a little clump. Alex said he had ﬁshed this particular lagoon before, but it was under sunny skies, balmy temps, and he stood on the shore. “I am more of a summer ﬁsherman,” Alex said, “and this takes a lot of concentration, but it pays oﬀ in the end. My dad is good at cooking ﬁsh.”
~photos Katherine Keller